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Please welcome Art Middleton to Defending Big D

I'd like to welcome the newest addition to the Defending Big D team, Art Middleton, otherwise known as Art_M. Most of you already know of Art because of his excellent Dallas Stars blog, With his analysis and in depth breakdowns of Stars games, as well as his musings on the NHL and hockey, Art has earned the reputation as one of the best authors in the hockey blogosphere. I've been an avid reader of his site since long before I even thought of having my own Stars website here at SB Nation, and having Art join us here at DBD is a genuine honor and a priveledge.

If you haven't read his first post on the site already, be sure to check it out. It's a great read about how a Stars fan in Edmonton became a lifelong fanatic after a dramatic overtime playoff victory. Perhaps one day we'll get the story of how he came to be Dallas Stars fan living in Oiler country. And if you are an avid Twitterer and looking for some of the best hockey talk around, be sure to follow Art at

With Art now contributing to Defending Big D we'll be able to even further expand our coverage of the Dallas Stars, hockey and the NHL. Starting next week we'll kick off our coverage of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, as well as start to profile some free agents the Stars might target after July 1st. Also look for another big announcement sometime next week.